Homeless man with heater is arrested

February 07, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

A homeless man who was seen running from a Veterans Administration building in Severn carrying a space heater Sunday was arrested on burglary charges, county police said.

Officer Thomas McBride had arrived at the building in the 8400 block of Jacobs Road in Severn shortly before 11 a.m. to check a report of a burglary and saw a man walking down the driveway with something under his arm, police said. The man ran when the squad car pulled up, police said.

Officer McBride chased the man through nearby woods and called for help, police said. When Officer Lisa A. Vronch arrived, she saw the man running from the woods and caught him, police said.

The man told police he was homeless and sometimes slept in the building. He said that the space heater was his and that there was extensive damage in the building caused by a group of juveniles he saw there about 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police returned to the VA building and found that windows had been smashed, holes punched and kicked in the walls and cabinets ripped off the walls, police said. Officers are investigating the damage, police said.

Michael Anthony Taylor, 27, of no fixed address, was charged with fourth-degree burglary and trespassing.

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